After two years with the department, Darby Kernan, Assistant Secretary of Legislation, has accepted a position with the California State Senate working for Senator Darrell Steinberg on public safety issues. Aaron McGuire will be replacing her effective April 2, 2012. Mr. McGuire’s previous assignment was working in Governor Brown’s Administration as deputy legislative secretary.

On March 28th, the retirement of Richard Subia, Director of the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI), was announced. Mr. Subia has been with CDCR for many years and has shown true leadership and dedication to the department. Replacing him in an acting capacity will be Kathleen Dickinson, Deputy Director of Facility Support – DAI. Ms. Dickinson has worked for the department since 1984, previously serving as warden at the California Medical Facility.

Lastly, Terri McDonald has been appointed Undersecretary of Operations, where she has served as acting undersecretary since the departure of Scott Kernan in October 2011. Ms. McDonald has served with CDCR in various positions since 1988. She was chief deputy secretary of adult operations from 2009 to 2011; associate director of reception centers from 2007 to 2009; chief for the out-of-state correctional facilities from 2006 to 2007; correctional administrator from 2004 to 2006; correctional captain at Folsom State Prison and the California Medical Facility from 2001 to 2004; correctional lieutenant and correctional sergeant at the California Medical Facility from 1993 to 2001; and correctional officer at the California Medical Facility and the Sierra Conservation Center from 1988 to 1993.